The Story Of King Midas By Ray Harryhausen (1953)

Ray Harryhausen
Most fans of stop-motion animation know of the works of Ray Harryhausen, he brought us thrilling visual effects in films like Mighty Joe Young, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, and Clash of the Titans to name just a few. He also created a handful of 16MM fairy tale themed stop-motion shorts intended to be shown in public schools like this story of King Midas.

[Via] The AV Geeks

The Story of King Midas by the way was the last of the stop-motion shorts by Harryhausen before he began full-time work in theatrical films. Harryhausen designed the “Benevolent” stranger in this short to resemble the legendary silent film actor Conrad Vedit (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Man Who Laughs). After finishing the short, which Harryhausen has gone on record as being his best of the fairy tale themed projects he abandoned the Tortoise and the Hare project to start working on the visual effects for It Came From Beneath The Sea.

[Via] SciFi B Movie Guy

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